For days following the September 2011, Benghazi attack, President Barack Obama and his spokespeople insisted that the attack was not terrorism. Instead, they chose to mislead voters with twisted facts and created a tale that put the blame on a novice, American filmmaker. At that time, Obama, Ambassador Susan Rice and others repeated the false story that the attack happened spontaneously as a protest over an anti-Islam video on YouTube. When in reality, it was terrorism all along.
As described in the “Investigative Report on the Terrorist Attacks on U.S. Facilities in Benghazi, Libya, September 11-12, 2012,” conducted by the U.S. House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and released November 21, 2014, “There was no protest.”
“The process used to generate the talking points HPSCI asked for – and which were used for Ambassador Rice’s public appearances – was flawed,” the report said. That’s the bureaucratic way of saying, that all the Obama team’s talk about protest, videos, and religion intolerance was wrong. Rice, for example, appeared on multiple news shows and stressed that terrorists were not responsible. She even said they didn’t want to jump to conclusions, but that’s exactly what they did.
The report clarifies “public statements about the existence of a protest, as some of the underlying intelligence reports, proved to be inaccurate.” Leftists in the media will spin the report to defend Obama and criticize anyone who has questioned the attack, as Meet the Press host Chuck Todd on November 23. In an interview with Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Todd asked, “Is it time for Republicans to drop the conspiracy theories?”
It’s telling that a leading, NBC news anchor referred to reasonable questions as conspiracy theories, and it’s even odd that Todd would make such a biased remark considering that his career is based on asking questions.
Nevertheless, Sen. Flake response summed up what those who wanted answers were thinking, “the biggest problem with Benghazi is how it was cast by the administration, and the remarks of Susan Rice just really flew in the face of what we knew was going on.”
The report also addresses other issues regarding the deadly, two-day attack that killed U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Tyrone Woods, and Glen Doherty. Some of those points explain the mistakes that led to those deaths. Going forward, the question is how will the incompentencies noted in the report affect former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential ambitions.
There were obvious failures, as the report noted, and those will reflect negatively on Clinton. Many voters will continue to question her leadership ability, and rightfully so, based on her failure to protect Americans in Benghazi alone. In addition, her inability to control her temper during the committee appearance, when she screamed, “At this point, what difference does it make,” again stemming from the Benghazi deaths, will give voters even more reason to mistrust her, and reason not to vote for her.